Kashmiri embroidery has evolved over centuries with influence from many cultures. Designs have developed over time from the Moors, Persians, Turks and beyond. The color palettes compliment the four seasons, while the designs are inspired by science and art in nature. Kashmiri embroidery is essentially a harmonious blend of charming flowers, fruits, and birds.
One type of embroidery Kashmir Rose focuses on is called “Aari.” Aari embroidery is a specialty of Kashmiri artisans who create it in fine, concentric rings of chain stitch using a special hooked needle known as ‘Aar’ which is similar to a crochet needle. Aari embroidery was introduced to Mughal rulers in the 12th century by the Persians.
There are two main types of embroidery categories. Poskar which refers to embroidery with more than three colors of thread and full-bloomed flower designs. And Raskar refers to embroidery with less than 3 colors of thread and flower bud designs.